Wuerl spoke about how Catholic institutions should respond when they come under pressure from online groups in the context of a question about the treatment of people such as Jesuit Fr. James Martin, who was disinvited from a scheduled September event in Washington at the Theological College at the Catholic University of America after a campaign among far-right church groups.
While he did not speak about Martin’s case specifically, he said that in the new social media environment Catholics should be encouraged to “speak the truth in love.”
“That means you have to verify what it is you’re saying,” said Wuerl. “It just can’t be your announcement of something as if it were the truth. And even if you verify something to your satisfaction, you still have to say it with love.”